Delilah (Dellie) Boswell

Delilah (known as Dellie) Boswell was born in Wheldon, Northants, in 1800, a member of the well-known Boswell gypsy family.

The family were allowed to camp in Calke Park – a rare privilege at a time when the Calke Abbey Estate was a very private place – and were welcome visitors to the Abbey.

Delilah was a ‘close pegg hawker’. She was taken to be photographed by David Trevor, photographer and picture frame maker, 1 and 2 Cattle Market, Ashby de la Zouch.

Towards the end of her life she lived on Stanton Lane, Ticknall.

Delilah died in 1885 and is buried in Ticknall Churchyard, along with another member of the Boswell family – Uriah, born 1826, died 1883.

The graves, marked by two Celtic iron crosses, were maintained by the Harpur Crewe Estate maintenance staff and were painted red and green.

The image, courtesy Harold Soar, is from an original photo which was in the possession of Frederick William Soar, 1848 – 1923, and was passed down through the family.

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